Turkey’s tourism to earn $15 billion despite pandemic

Published on : Thursday, August 27, 2020

Turkey’s tourism flourishes despite pandemic and is expected to generate revenue of $15 billion by the end of 2020, states a senior tourism industry representative. The sector is slowly overcoming the pandemic threat and experiencing steep increase in the arrival of international tourists. This sudden surge in tourists visit, despite the pandemic threats have surprised the industry experts and created hope for the business generation.

Birol Akman, chairman of the Anatolian Tourism Operators Association and board member of the Tourism Promotion and Development Agency (TGA), opined that though there are hopes to earn revenue, yet the country is far from reaching its pre-pandemic goal in near future by receiving some 60million tourists in a year. He hoped and added further that maintaining pandemic norms and following social distancing and sanitizing regulations may help in recovering business faster.

Akman noted that the industry could earn up to $15 billion by the end of 2020, if there is no second wave of virus infection and tourist continue visiting Turkey. From the official figures of tourists visit, till the last week Turkey’s one of the most popular tourist destinations Antalya greeted over a million tourists between January 1 and August 19 visited from 31 countries. Though the figures show a positive trend, yet the numbers are lesser than the previous years and hence the revenue generation is also low.

However, Akman made it a point that the tourism sector will hopefully recover soon and he thanked the country’s achievement in lowering coronavirus cases and offer proper safety measures which encouraged safe tourism experience to visitors. He then added that Turkey is the safest place for tourists to travel and they can also enjoy medical treatment if needed.

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